Written by two of the most prolific writers and researchers in astronomy today, this text provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject, covering all topics in a streamlined fashion. Jay M. Pasachoff has decades of teaching and writing experience, while Alex Filippenko is well known for his research on supernovae, active galaxies, black holes and cosmology. The most up-to-date coverage of astronomy is included, with the recent discoveries discussed and illustrated with cutting edge images and results from the Keck telescopes, Hubble, Chandra X-Ray Observatory and Galileo. There are three chapters of comparative planetary coverage to help give readers a view of the relationships between the individual planets and the solar system as a whole. The book also indicates relevant websites, highlight common misconceptions, and leads a discussion of these issues, and how to dispel them.
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